October 15, 20126:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.Ohio Room, Hadley Union Building
Guest speakers Dr. Peter Kornbluh and Dr. Phil Williams discuss the significance of the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years later and what we may still learn from this event.
Fifty years ago (October 16–28, 1962) during the Cold War, the world came the closest it ever has to to an exchange of nuclear weapons between the Soviet Union and the United States. An American U-2 reconnaissance plane had photographed a Soviet SS-4 medium-range ballistic missile being assembled for installation on Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores, on October 14. President John F. Kennedy was briefed about the situation on October 16. For nearly the next two weeks, the President and his team wrestled with a diplomatic crisis of epic proportions, as did their counterparts in the Soviet Union. President Kennedy enacted a naval blockade around Cuba and made it clear the U.S. was prepared to use military force if necessary to neutralize this perceived threat to national security. Disaster was avoided when the U.S. agreed to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s offer to remove the missiles from Cuba in exchange for the U.S. promising not to invade Cuba. Kennedy also secretly agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey.
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